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Sample Letters Requesting Christmas Donations for Low Income Families

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

Christmas Help for Low Income Children!

There are many organizations you can write to when you need help with Christmas gifts for low income families, especially those with young children.  All kids deserve to get some Christmas gifts, regardless of their parent’s ability to purchase them.  You will find that some of the examples given could be sent to just about any charitable group.  While Toys for Tots, the Angel Tree, the United Way, and Salvation Army may all require a form to be filled out, including a personal letter asking for holiday assistance is something you might want to consider adding, just to add a more personal touch, and to help them get to know you just a little.  You can use the examples I give you as they are, if they fit your personal needs, or you can tailor them to fit your personal needs and situation.  It’s completely up to you.  Don’t let your child go without Christmas gifts this year, take the initiative and try to get holiday assistance with the gifts this year.

Low Income Families with Young Children – Loss of Job

To whom it may concern,

I am writing you to ask you for your assistance this holiday season.  I recently lost my job and quite frankly, I have no money to purchase Christmas gifts for my children this year.  As you know, about six months ago, the ABC manufacturing company in our town laid off half of their staff.  I was one of those people.  While I do collect unemployment benefits, I only collect 60% of my income I was making.  Since I was living paycheck to paycheck prior to the loss of my job, I simply am not making it.

I don’t ask you for this favor for myself.  I ask for it on behalf of my three children, ages 6, 8, and 11.  They are good kids and they deserve to have something under the Christmas tree this year.  I am not asking you high-end toys or electronics.  I would rather ask for things like clothing, which I simply cannot afford to buy them.  If they were to receive a toy each, that would be more than sufficient. 


John Doe

Asking Family Members for Assistance


As you know, I am struggling financially this year, as my hours have been greatly reduced at work. I am struggling with monthly bills as it is, and I’m not really making it. I am currently two months behind on my mortgage.

I am not writing to you to ask you for financial help with my bills or my mortgage.  I am simply asking you to help me out with gifts for my children this Christmas.  As you know, my kids are doing very well in school and are very well behaved.  They deserve to get something this year from “Santa” and I would like to make sure it happens.

James, I cannot make you any promises about how quickly I will pay you back.  Until I get fulltime work, I don’t think there’s a way for me to pay you back.  I can, however, assure you that I will pay you back at some point in time.  Just as soon as I can, I will make good on my debt to you, if you will help my family out.

Thank you,

John Doe

Asking the Church for Help

Father Jim,

I would like to ask for help from the church this year for Christmas.  As you know, I have been a member of the church and have faithfully attended church services whenever my work schedule allowed it.

This year, we have fallen on tough times.  I am not working fulltime anymore because my hours were cut. As a single parent, I only have my income to rely on to make my monthly bills, including my rent. 

I have never asked the church for help before and I don’t plan to make a habit of it.  However, this year there is simply no way for me to provide my kids with Christmas presents.  While I realize Christmas isn’t really about presents, for young children, it’s an important part of the holiday.

I have applied for help from Toys for Tots, the Salvation Army, and the Angel Tree, but I haven’t heard anything from them.  I assume they are flooded with requests for Christmas assistance and I have a feeling I will not be getting any form of help from them.

If the congregation would help me out, I would be most grateful.


John Doe

Writing to Secret Santa Programs from Local Businesses

Dear Mr. Anderson,

I am writing to you in hopes that you will include my family in the secret Santa program you put on every year.  My family has fallen on hard times and we have precious little money available to meet our everyday needs, let alone Christmas gifts. 

We have met before.  In fact, I work at the mall you manage, at the ABC store.  You are more than welcome to check with my boss, Shelly, about my work performance, attendance, willingness to work any and all extra hours, or anything else you would like.  You will find that I’m not someone trying to game the system.  I legitimately need some help to make a good holiday for my kids.

I am willing to meet with you in person, if you prefer.  I can make myself available at a time that works for you, assuming I am not already scheduled to work.


John Doe


On All Letters asking for Free Christmas Gifts for Low Income Families

Be sure to include your name, phone number, and address on all letters.  You will need to have this so they can contact you.  If you have a child with a disability, be sure to include that information as you write, as it could improve the odds of getting some type of help.  You must be careful not to overstate the facts though, and be completely honest about your needs and your situation.  Taking advantage is unethical and could be illegal.  Just be honest and upfront and you could get some Christmas help for low income families with these sample letters to send out.



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